19 Jan 14 – Update

Esme had a decent night last night, the antinausea meds helped her sleep with no more throwing up. After waking up, though, things changed. She had 2 episodes of vomiting throughout the morning and did not feel like eating anything at all. Even the suggestion or smell...

17 Jan 14 – Chemo sucks

A little after 5pm, Esme was finally ready to get her Methotrexate. She got hooked up and started the 4 hour infusion. During the infusion, things started out fine. A couple hours after the infusion began, her nurse was assessing her and noticed that her heart rate...

17 Jan 14 – Next round of chemo

Today was Esme’s scheduled admission for the next round of chemo. We had a 10:15 appointment, so we didn’t have to leave at zero dark thirty. Our sweet neighbor Leslie was going to drop Maslin off at school when she took her son to school. As I got Maslin...

16 Jan 14 – School Update

Since Esme is going to miss a lot of school due to her chemo treatments and surgery, we were concerned about her academic progress. Fortunately, there is a program for homebound children so they can keep up with their school work. Tonight was Esme’s first night...

13 Jan 14 – DPS Board Meeting

One of the projects in Esme and Maslin’s Challenge Class at school was the Stock Market Game. They were divided into teams of 3 and given $100,000 to spend on stocks. At the end of the project, the team with the most money would be crowned the winners. Esme,...

11 Jan 14 – Hair Update

Maslin and her friend Sophie wanted to join some of their other friends at school who cut their hair short in honor of Esme. Both girls cut off quite a bit and got beautiful bobs. Unfortunately, Esme’s short hair was really starting to fall out, forming balding...

8 Jan 14 – Music, dogs, and Ultrasound

Esme felt better after her Benadryl nap. As we were getting her up and ready to go see the therapy horse, Child Life came by and said that someone from the Songs for Kids Foundation was going to play some songs in the play room. We said we would come by before going...

8 Jan 14 – A Bump in the Road

Esme slept off and on all night. This morning she woke up with a little nosebleed. After about 5 minutes it was taken care of. Her labs from last night came back and are still showing critically low values for white blood cells and platelets. She did get a shot of...

7 Jan 14 – Feeling better

A new day and a new Esme!  After a unit of blood, two doses of IV antibiotics, and some sleep, our girl is back!  She was doing a little dance at the sink brushing her teeth this morning and is cracking silly jokes again in typical Esme-style!  Because she feels...

7 Jan 14 – ER/Admission Update

It’s 0245 so I’m going to make this one a quick update with details to follow in the morning. We had Esme’s labs drawn today to see how she’s holding up. We were at home when the results came back. Her white cells and platelets were critically...

5 Jan 14 – Chemo seems to be working

The days since the hair party have been a little better for Esme. She did throw up a few times but the constant nausea seems to be decreasing a bit. We keep trying to get her to eat more but she still doesn’t have a huge appetite. We get her blood drawn tomorrow...